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Zarma - Songhay culture:  Hippopotamus hunt (part 2)

Baŋawi, Hippopotamus hunt, part 2
After the first preparations, the final preparations for hunt or baŋawi starts. The sorko gather together on a small isle to settle there difference first and to protect themselves with magic power. Then they leave the isle, a flotilla of dug-outs follows the great pirogue to look for hippopotamuses. The small boats go into the marshes, where the hippo's hide at high tide, to surprise the animals. They manage to harpoon a big animal and to tie one of the harpoons to the great pirogue. With the yaji, the great spear, they try to hit the the lower half of the brainstem. It is a cruel fight for hours that is won by the sorko. Due to internal quarrel, the group set out for the next hunt not until April when the river is lower. The hippo's have left the marches and hide in the deep trenches in the middle of the river. 

Background information
This video is part 2 of Jean Rouch and Roger Rosfelder film titled "Bataille sur le Grand Fleuve" (literally Battle on the Big River) made in 1952. The other parts can be viewed as well. The film was shot on a mission of the French Institute of Black Africa (L' Institute Français d'Afrique Noire)  near Ayorou in 1950-1951. The length of the original film is 33 minutes, the video shows the second part of 7:49 minutes.

Bataille sur le Grand Fleuve (part 1 to 4)

Baŋawi, part 1

Baŋawi, part 2

Baŋawi, part 3

Baŋawi, part 4









Last updated: 06 maart 2012